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Title

Marrangu

2018

Artist

Garawan Wanambi

Australia

1965 -

Language group

Marrakulu, Arnhem region

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Alternate image of Marrangu by Garawan Wanambi
Alternate image of Marrangu by Garawan Wanambi
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Alternate image of Marrangu by Garawan Wanambi
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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Gangan North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Marrakulu, Arnhem region
    Date
    2018
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    natural pigments on wood
    Dimensions
    210.0 x 19.0 x 19.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not Signed. Not Dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactor’s Group 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    91.2018
    Copyright
    © Garawan Wanambi, courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre

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  • About

    Garawan Wanambi is part of the strong artistic community at Gängan, to the south of Yirrkala, which is pushing the boundaries of Yolngu artistic practice. Whilst continuing to use natural pigments and rarrk (crosshatching), Wanambi extends the possibilities of these through the mixing of natural pigments to form unique colours and deliberate tonal variations. His precise geometry and complex layering of designs create a depth of field on an otherwise flattened surface and a mesmerising optical effect. In doing this, Wanambi explores the Yolŋu concept of Buwayak ‒ simultaneously making elements both visible and invisible.

    Marraŋu 2013 shows Wanambi’s exploration of Marraŋu clan designs. Embedded within the design is the form of a sacred object, connected to the mosquito. The mosquito is synonymous with aggression and also the release of tension that comes with the resolution of dispute. The background designs refer to a location in the mouth of the river at Raymangirr where freshwater springs bubble up beneath saltwater and reflect the different states of water from turbulent to calm.

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